Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Monday, July 20, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed, Hamid Hussain & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 07202020 1130 UTC
Today: Monday, July 20, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· Myanmar: State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi lays a wreath at the 73rd Martyrs' Day celebrations (with actuality)
· Rakhine State: In Rathedaung-Township border-police post on fire
· Bangladesh approves corona vaccine made in China
· Covid-19: The death toll in the United States has dropped to 140,000
· Floods in India, Nepal displace nearly four million people, at least 189 dead
Shortwave: 31-meter band, 9350 kHz; 25-meter band, 11700 kHz and 12030 kHz Medium wave (AM): 1575 kHz
Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 6:05 minutes
Translator: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Britain eyes normal life by Christmas, but preparing for second COVID-19 wave. (with actuality) Sources: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain-johnson/britain-eyes-normal-life-by-christmas-but-preparing-for-second-covid-19-wave-idUSKCN24H3B7
Summary: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hoped Britain could return to normalcy before Christmas, setting out a phased removal of lockdown restrictions, but warned the country still needed to prepare for the worst. Britain’s death toll of more than 45,000 from confirmed cases of COVID-19 is Europe’s highest but the country has begun to lift lockdown measures as case numbers and infection rates fall. Johnson set out the latest timetable for easing on Friday, saying employers would be given more discretion over working from home rules, that the safety of larger gatherings would be evaluated, and that social distancing rules might be dropped in time for Christmas. “It is my strong and sincere hope that we will be able to review the outstanding restrictions and allow a more significant return to normality from November at the earliest – possibly in time for Christmas,” he said. However, he stressed that the plan depended on keeping infection rates down, and set out extra healthcare funding and new powers for local government to lock down COVID-19 hotspots. The government has faced criticism over several aspects of its pandemic response, including that it was too slow to impose a lockdown and failed to ramp up testing capacity fast enough.
Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 7:40 minutes
Topic: A Rohingya from the camp shares about the preventive measures that they have taken to protect from the virus also worrying about their children’s future.
Translation Summary: Rohingya camps are completely under lockdown according to the announcement by Bangladesh government. Hafez Nur Ullah talks about the recent situation in the camp and fears about children’s future. “I have been hearing that Rohingyas are being affected by coronavirus and people are dying but I haven’t witnessed one”Nur Ullah said
He said,” Our children don’t have any other options to get education. They all depend on the institutions. If they can attend school maintaining 3 feet distance between them then they will be able to continue their studies. Now children have nothing to do and they always try to go outside which is not allowed.”.
He also mentioned about the cleanliness that they are following, “We always use hand wash, soap after every use of toilets, after having food, cleaning our children and so on. People are trying as much as possible to adhere to hygiene”-he added.
Duration: 3:00 minutes
Program Closing Announcement: Hamid Hussain
Production: Selim Hossain /Sanjana Feroz